Saturday, September 19, 2015

Book Review: The Lost Egg (Anky The Daydreaming Dinosaur Book 1) by Ashleigh Hanley

The Lost Egg
(Anky The Daydreaming Dinosaur Book 1)
By Ashleigh Hanley
Publisher: Han Publishing
Published: Jan. 13, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

The Lost Egg is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree 2015 and a BookWorks Book of the Week Medallion recipient. 

Anky is a dinosaur with a special gift - he can see the future! Sometimes this makes him do strange things that his friends and family don't understand, but Anky's always looking out for them...especially when a strange egg crosses his path! 

Aimed at readers aged 4-9, "Anky the Daydreaming Dinosaur" is a magical story straight from the Jurassic. 

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My Thoughts:

What child doesn’t love dinosaurs? While this dinosaur story is more fantasy than science other than the dinosaur names children will still love this book. Anky, a dinosaur has daydreams when a purple teardrop falls from his eye. Actually he is glimpsing into the future and these glimpses cause him to do what appear to be strange things.

One day he tosses his sister’s favourite dinner away – an egg. His mother makes him go find her another one. That sets him off on his adventure.

Beautifully illustrated, The Lost Egg has Anky trekking through dangerous territory running from dangerous dinosaurs and making new friends.

Anky and his friends demonstrate the themes of friendship and cooperation on their adventures through the jungle as they help Anky make his way back home. All three dinosaurs learn something from the others and are better for it.

One thing that I did notice however is that the story said that in Anky’s daydream Pooka’s egg  was green, but in the illustration the egg was purple. I think the illustration and the text should have matched (pg. 9).

I thought this was a fun adventure story that very young children to older children who can read for themselves will enjoy. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Ashleigh Hanley was born in Sydney, Australia, and has worked in magazine publishing and video production. Currently, Ashleigh runs Audience Productions, a corporate video company, and Wendy, Honey; a creative entity he co-owns. 

Anky The Daydreaming Dinosaur series is his first foray into Children's Book writing. Having spent many years writing film scripts, he was inspired by the freedom children's book writing allowed for creativity and imagination. 

The close collaboration with illustrator, Christobal Mikhovski, rather than a whole team of people was also refreshing and made for a free flowing creative process. Seeing the characters come to life is his inspiration to keep doing more.

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